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Comment & Response
December 20, 2016

Screening for Social Determinants of Health

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, San Francisco

Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

JAMA. 2016;316(23):2552. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16915

To the Editor In the Viewpoint on unintended consequences of screening for social determinants of health, Dr Garg and colleagues1 made the provocative statement that screening for social determinants of health in health care delivery has the potential to be unethical if done without ensuring that identified social needs are met. We hope that this does not dissuade clinicians from implementing social screening, but rather motivates greater efforts to act on the information screening yields and evaluate the effect of doing so on patient well-being, health care utilization, and costs.